How to Improve Your SAT Score

How to Improve Your SAT Score

Are you preparing to take the SAT, or are you disappointed with a previous SAT score you received? If you apply the following tips, you can figure out how to beat the SAT and become more competitive for college admissions:

1. Answer easy questions first

Answering easy questions first is extremely important – this way you can ensure more points from the get-go.

2. Don't waste time

If you spend too much time focusing on harder questions, you are wasting precious time that you could be spending on the questions you are more likely to answer correctly.

3. Rule out questions

Ruling out one or more multiple-choice questions that you know are incorrect can narrow your answer options and improve your chances of getting the question correct.

4. Keeping track of time

Time is an important factor when it comes to the SAT. You don’t want to spend too much time in a section to then realize you’ve missed another one in the process. By managing your time wisely, you are improving your chances of a higher SAT score.

5. Double-check answers

Always double-check that you’ve picked the right answer and corresponding letter. Throughout a test when you’re picking A, B, C or D constantly, it can be easy to circle the wrong letter in the spur of the moment. Double (or triple!) check that you’ve picked the right answer. Too often, students pick the wrong question by accident without even noticing.

6. Double-check answer sheet

Ensure that you haven’t answered a question in the wrong section of the scantron. If you do this, the rest of your test will be skewed. Always correspond the question number with the number on your scantron, and again, double (or triple!) check this if time permits.

7. Label skipped questions

If you’ve skipped a question, label it so that you don’t waste time trying to remember which question to refer back to. This saves time and ensures that you don’t miss going over the question altogether.

8. Use test booklet to write notes

Don’t be shy – it’s permitted to write as many notes as you need on your test booklet. Writing notes greatly improves your chances of understanding a question more.

9. Fully erase changed answers

Make sure you fully erase any answers that you’ve changed your mind on. The scantron scanning machine can pick up on your erased answer even if it still has a slight shadow on it. Be prepared with a few sharpened number 2 pencils – all with erasers on them – prior to taking the test.

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You can follow these steps, and I’m confident that they will help you to raise your SAT score – but what can raise your score significantly is getting a tutor to help you combat the SAT. By utilizing a professional who can adhere to your specific needs and go over questions that you get wrong in-depth, you are enhancing your chances of improving your SAT score greatly.

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